Ladies and gentlemen, I am about to interview the super duper famous LDS novelista, Annette Lyon. This woman is incredibly successful in the world of writing; we have been given an exclusive interview to find out what makes those keys click.
Watch as I uncover the experiences that helped build her new book, Tower of Strength, and gawk at the inside workings of a fictional author (or author who writes fiction). She is experienced. She is brilliant. She has been published mui mui much.
1. Now Annette, have you ever worked in a mine before/experienced a blast powerful enough to blow off a body part?I’ve seen pictures of mines. Do fireworks count as a powerful blast?
2. Are you, or have you ever been, a thief? If so, when and what did you steal?At the age of six, I believe I stole some quarters from my father’s dresser. I have since reformed.
3. Have you ever owned or worked with a newspaper, specifically one used in the 19th century?I’m seriously experienced on this one. I did a few newspaper articles and book reviews for a now-defunct paper. It died in the 1990s. Not QUITE the 19th century, but maybe it counts.
4. How many times have you been to Manti, UT?Three: Once as a kid too tired to remember the pageant, once as a 14-year-old going with a youth group to see the pageant (which I don’t think I watched much of because I had heat exhaustion), and then once for a research trip for the book, which consisted of driving around, snapping pictures, hanging out in the cemetery, and wandering the temple grounds. Real in-depth stuff.
5. Have you ever been bitten by a rattle snake? If so, where? Did it hurt?I know someone who saw a rattlesnake in the wilderness once.
6. We hate to ask this, but are you a widow?Alas, no. We’ll be celebrating 15 years of marriage in about a month.
7. Do you have a thing for British Accents or men who are really bad with animals? Are they good kissers?What woman doesn’t have a thing for British accents? Actually, my husband spent a lot of time as a kid with animals on his grandparents’ farm, so he’ spretty good with them. When it comes to me and animals, the farther we are apart, the better. (He may lack a British accent, but for the record, my man is a good kisser.8. Tell us about your equestrian background.You’ll be way impressed here. When I was twelve I took pony riding lessons for few months. About the sum total of what I remember: 1) even in boots, toes WILL freeze in the winter 2) those beasts were freakin’ huge and scary and 3) I looked kinda cute with the little black helmet.